Thanks this week go out to Mavis Minuck, who answered the call for lemon roasted Greek potatoes, and to Kristina Goertzen, who responded to a reader request for cappuccino Nanaimo bars.
This week, Judi Shawcross is hoping someone can help with an old Free Press recipe for borscht that uses sour salt (another name for citric acid). Her mother had the recipe but has misplaced it. Jean Wilson is looking for a recipe for sweet yellow hotdog relish. She recently found a version at a farmer's market with ingredients that included cucumbers, cauliflower, peppers, dried mustard and whipping cream. It reminded her of an old favourite and she's hoping someone can help her replicate it. Marilyn Hnatiuk is looking for a recipe for the Vietnamese salad from Hu's on First, the Asian restaurant that closed last year. It featured angel hair noodles, julienned carrots and cucumber, bean sprouts, pork and a sprinkle of peanuts. Finally, a reader is looking for a recipe for rhubarb muffins.
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Lemon Oven Roasted Potatoes
1.4 kg (3 lbs) potatoes
80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons (about 60 ml or 4 tbsp)
10 ml (2 tsp) salt
2 ml (1/2 tsp) pepper
7 ml (1 1/2 tsp) dried oregano
500 ml (2 cups) chicken broth, or more
Preheat oven to 200 C (400 F). Wash and peel potatoes. Cut into wedges. Place in pan 5 cm (2 inches) deep and large enough to hold potatoes in a single layer. Toss potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice and spices. Add broth. Bake for about an hour or until tender and golden brown and sauce has begun to thicken slightly.
Tester's notes: I love this recipe. It's very easy and makes for tender, flavourful potatoes that would be a great accompaniment to lamb, chicken or pork. I used Yukon Gold potatoes, which yielded a nice, creamy texture. I also threw in two cloves of garlic, finely minced. Baking times may differ slightly, depending on the size of your wedges and pan. My potatoes took about 70 minutes to get golden and soft and for the sauce to thicken up.
Cappuccino Nanaimo Bars
125 ml (1/2 cup or 114 g) unsalted butter
60 ml (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
75 ml (5 tbsp) cocoa
5 ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract
375 ml (1 1/2 cups) chocolate cookie crumbs
250 ml (1 cup) unsweetened flaked coconut
125 ml (1/2 cup) walnuts, toasted and chopped
80 ml (1/3 cup or 75 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
22 ml (1 1/2 tbsp) custard powder
60 ml (1/4 cup) whole milk
10 ml (2 tsp) instant coffee powder
10 ml (2 tsp) vanilla extract
750 ml (3 cups) icing sugar, sifted
225 g (8 oz) semisweet chocolate, chopped
30 ml (2 tbsp) unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 175 C (350 F). Grease bottom and sides of an 20x20 cm (8x8 inch) square pan with vegetable oil or spray.
For base: Melt butter and stir in sugar. Sift cocoa into mixture and blend well. Whisk together egg and vanilla extract and add to mixture. Blend in chocolate cookie crumbs, coconut and chopped walnuts until evenly incorporated. Press into prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then chill for 20 minutes.
For cappuccino filling: Beat butter until smooth and beat in custard powder. Heat milk with coffee powder to dissolve and cool to room temperature. Add milk to butter mixture and stir in sifted icing sugar 250 ml (1 cup) at a time, combining well. Spread over base and chill while preparing topping.
For topping: Melt chocolate and butter over a pot of gently simmering water. Pour over vanilla filling and spread to cover evenly. Chill for 30 minutes.
To serve, slice with a hot, dry knife into bars. Garnish with a chocolate covered coffee bean, if desired.
Tester's notes: A good take on the popular Canadian classic. The coffee makes a counterpoint to all that Nanaimo-y sweetness. (As a hardcore coffee fan, I might even add a bit more.) Kristina likes to heat the milk and coffee powder before she does anything else so that it comes to room temperature by the time she needs it.